Friday, March 14, 2014

Guest Designer Challenge PPC #11

Today I'm excited to share the card I made as a guest designer over at the Playing in Paradise Challenge.  They have great challenges and great prizes!  This challenge is no different.  Here it is: Use a black & white, sepia photo or stamp image with a splash of color.    

I'll admit when I first saw this challenge I had no idea what I was going to create.  Then I remembered I had a Tim Holtz stamp that would be perfect for this and my card idea sprang from there.  Here is what I came up with.
I loved this image and phrase and thought they would make a great card.  I wanted to have a little fun with the splash of color so I turned to my favorite Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I wanted the 'rain' to look like colors and the man to be standing in a 'puddle'.  I think it worked!  I smeared a small line of each color of Distress Ink on my craft mat and then gave it a little spritz of water.  I did this a few times on different watercolor papers because if you add too much water the colors will be very pale and I wanted them to be vibrant.  After spritzing the ink with water I placed the bottom half of my watercolor paper in the ink and let it dry.  I really wanted a rainbow effect so I tried not to let the colors blend too much.  Once this was dry I stamped my image and phrase right over the color.  Using the Compact Stamp Press makes it really simple to see exactly where you want to place your image.  I really love how the man is 'standing' in this colorful puddle.  
I then stamped the same images on masking paper and cut around them to cover up my image and puddle.  I tried to create what I thought would be the path the rain would take after falling off an umbrella.  Nothing here has to be perfect.  Just a general shape to keep my stamped area clean.   
Next I found a border stamp that had some movement and reminded me of falling rain.  This stamp is actually from a Christmas set!  I just love when I can use a stamp in a new and unexpected way.  I stamped this in the open area with VersaMark ink varying the placement so that it would look more random.  Once I was done stamping I covered the stamped area with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I love the shine and movement this adds to the card.  It almost feels like rain is falling! 
I then removed the masks and added some gems in rainbow colors to various areas to mimic colorful raindrops.  This adds a little more color and some dimension.   I also inked around the edges of this watercolor piece with some Black Soot Ink for a little definition. 
Here's another look at that colorful puddle.   Did you know I love rainbows and Distress Inks?  This is just perfect in my book!
So there you have it, a black and white image with a splash of color!  I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do.  I invite you to play along.  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping!

  • inks- Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Black Soot), VersaMark (Watermark)
  • stamps-Tim Holtz (Purely Random), Close to My Heart (Jingle Borders D1225)
  • embossing powder- Ranger (Super Fine Clear)
  • tools- Fiskars (Compact Stamp Press), Imaginisce (i-Rock)
  • misc- Imaginisce (gems), watercolor paper, masking paper


  1. Thank You for being our guest designer this month. Love this tutorial and your card is just Perfect. Keep smiling and creating.

  2. Wonderful to have you with us on the design team this month! This is a FABULOUS card. I LOVE every little detail. Dancing in a rainbow puddle - what a wonderful concept! You pulled it off beautifully!

  3. That's very beautiful rain!!! Wonderful creation!!

  4. You think it worked?? OMGosh! You completely nailed it!! This is a fantastic little piece of art! I love your rainbow puddle, the stamped background and beautiful sentiment. The falling gems are perfect for extra sparkle and dimension. Gorgeous card. Thanks so much for being our guest designer this month :)

  5. This is such a piece of art. Love the bright vibrant colours that you used and all the gems and that stamp looks amazing with the colors. Thanks so much for being our guest designer for this month.

  6. This is such a piece of art. Love the bright vibrant colours that you used and all the gems and that stamp looks amazing with the colors. Thanks so much for being our guest designer for this month.

  7. Love it Jenny! It's beautiful! I always look forward to your creations. They are amazing works of art!